One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(A name for) a member of the Batlokwa people which, during the early 19th-cent. under the leadership of MmaNtatisi, created instability in the area later known as the Orange Free State (now the Free State province of South Africa).
2In extended use: a person of Sotho (as opposed to Nguni) origin; especially (in the Cape Colony) a Sotho refugee.
Of or relating to the Mantatees; (in extended use) Sotho.
Early 19th century. Origin uncertain. Probably from the name of MmaNtatisi, female leader of this people.
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